Diabetes Mellitus and Ramadan Fasting

Shahid Athar


Diabetes Mellitus affects patients of all faiths and Muslims are no exception. While Muslims who are physically ill are in general exempt from fasting in the month of Ramadan, many diabetic patients fast. Unless their diabetes is in good control and they are under the supervision of a physician, they may endanger their lives by fasting.


In this presentation, the medical aspects of Ramadan fasting, criteria for who can fast and some helpful guidelines for those who do fast are discussed in light of research on fasting in Ramadan. Some suggestions for evaluation and control of diabetes with available agents are also discussed. A diabetic diet menu from three different ethnic backgrounds is given.


Ramadan, fasting; diabetes mellitus; diabetic diet menu

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/38-1-6276

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